Removal of Thread and Varicose Veins

Professor Doug McWhinnie

Professor McWhinnie is a Consultant Surgeon at Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He studied undergraduate medicine at the University of Glasgow,  and was awarded an MD on the basis of his research into renal transplant rejection, performed while a Clinical Lecturer in Oxford. Professor McWhinnie is a former President of the British Association of Day Surgery.



For your first appointment we offer a free consultation with the consultant when he can ask details about your medical history and confirm your suitability for the proceedure. Before proceeding you will be asked to give informed consent and a test patch will be carried out. 


How it works:

Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to eliminate varicose veins and spider veins. Sclerotherapy involves an injection of a solution (generally a salt solution) directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to swell and stick together, and the blood to clot. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view.  Sclerotherapy is a proven procedure that has been in use since the 1930s.   


The number of veins injected in one session depends on the size and location of the veins, as well as the general medical condition of the patient.  Treatments typically take from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the type and amount of vessels to be treated.  Typically 2-4 treatments are needed for maximum results, though small lesions may clear in just a single session.


Sclerotherapy Effectiveness

Studies have shown that as many as 50%-80% of injected veins may be eliminated with each session of sclerotherapy. Less than 10% of the people who have sclerotherapy do not respond to the injections at all. In these instances, different solutions can be tried. Although this procedure works for most patients, there are no guarantees for success.

If the veins respond to the treatment, they will not reappear. However, new veins may appear at the same rate as before. If needed, you may return for injections.


An initial free consultation can be arranged on a day to suit you.  The proceedure itself is usually done on a Wednesday however if this is not suitable please inform one of the team and we will try to accomodate your needs and arrange another day.





Please note that if you book the proceedure and fail to attend you will be charged a fee of £20.  If you fail to give 24 hours notice yo may also be charged a fee of £20.


If after the free consulation for varicose vein removal it is deemed this cannot be done under local anesthetic and requires more invasive surgery under general anesthetic we can accomodate this by arranging for this to be done elsewhere with Mr McWhinnie.



Initial Consultation

Free of charge

Thread Vein removal

£65 per appointment

Varicose Vein Removal

Starts at £200